How do you prefer to eat your potatoes? Baked, fried or mashed? It turns out that the way you cook your potatoes might be affecting your health. According to a recent study published in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who eat fried potatoes two or more times a week double their risk of an early death, compared to those who avoid them.
Fried Potato Consumption Linked To Earlier Death
Scientist at the National Research Council in Padova, Italy, Dr. Nicola Veronese, was the lead author of the study. He explained that the consumption of fried potatoes is increasing worldwide. According to the National Potato Council, Americans consumed 112.1 pounds of potatoes per person in 2014. Only 33.5 pounds were fresh potatoes. The remaining 78.5 pounds were processed.
Dr. Veronese and his team were tracking 4,440 people to study osteoarthritis when they decided to look at the participants’ potato consumption. The participants were divided into subgroups, based on how often they ate potatoes per week. Over a period of eight years, a total of 236 participants died. The researchers found that those who ate fried potatoes two to three times each week doubled their chance of dying early, compared to those who didn’t eat fried potatoes.
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